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MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

UBI Telecom, which claims to ‘deliver an ideal mobile experience for Korean-speaking customers in the USA’, has resurrected the HELIO mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) brand, which was phased out following the company’s 2008 takeover by Sprint. HELIO initially launched in May 2006 as a joint venture between SK Telecom and EarthLink, only to be … Continue reading

2015 MVNO Award Winners Announced #MVNOIS

The winners of the 3rd Annual International MVNO Industry Awards were announced at MVNOs World Congress 2015, Nice, France. The Awards are designed to champion success and celebrate excellence in the MVNO industry. Each Award was judged by our panel of industry experts who included Ceri Tinine, Manager, Analysys Mason; Dario Talmesio, Principal Analyst and … Continue reading

Customer Experience Management (CEM), Pricing and Value added services: Top three issues shaping #MVNOs market around the world?

We’ve been asking the industry “what are the top three issues currently shaping the MVNOs market around the world”. With the ever-changing MVNO landscape there are many issues that have been highlighted (see below), however, Customer Experience Management, Pricing and Value added services seem to be on top. Do you agree?   Interested to find … Continue reading

Virgin Mobile extends free on-net calls, SMS offer

Virgin Mobile Saudi Arabia is giving prepaid customers another two months until 19 May of free calls and text messages between Virgin Mobile numbers. Any Virgin Mobile member existing or new on the prepaid plan is eligible for this offer, Saudi Gazette reported. Virgin Mobile launched as the Kingdom’s first MVNO in December 2014. Source: … Continue reading

Lyca Mobile CEO hints at upcoming OTT communications app

*Chris Tooley will be presenting at the MVNOs World Congress in Nice on the 22nd of April* Lyca Mobile, the international low-cost calling MVNO, has said it will soon be releasing a communications app for its growing international customer base. Speaking to telecoms.com, CEO Chris Tooley hinted the app will be in the same vein … Continue reading

The global MVNO footprint: a changing environment

The number of MVNOs in operation worldwide rose to almost one thousand by the end of last year, due to regulatory policy designed to increase competition and a growing interest in the MVNO market from ecosystem players such as ISPs and device manufacturers, new research from GSMA Intelligence has found. Regulators have been particularly active … Continue reading

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

T-Mobile US CEO John Legere has suggested that his company has technically leapfrogged larger rival Sprint Corp, because the latter continues to count long-inactive mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) customers, six months after they cease generating revenue. Citing a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Legere noted that, as of 31 December 2014, … Continue reading

Samatel to relaunch MVNO services as TeO

Omani telecoms operator Sama Telecommunications (Samatel) has been renamed as Integrated Telecommunications Oman (TeO) and plans to relaunch its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) and voice-over-internet protocol (VoIP) services later this year, Muscat Daily reports. According to a company statement, TeO ‘already has a dynamic, young and multi-cultural management team in place, with a vision … Continue reading

MVNO Monday: a guide to the week’s virtual operator developments

UK pay-TV/broadband provider British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) has announced that it has signed a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) agreement with Telefonica UK, which operates under the O2 brand. Under the terms of the multi-year deal, Telefonica will give Sky wholesale access to 2G, 3G and 4G services over its nationwide network. For its part, … Continue reading

#MVNO @Lebara launches in Saudi Arabia

European-based MVNO Lebara has announced the launch of its services in Saudi Arabia over Mobily’s network. The provider, named Lebara Mobile KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), was granted the licence as part of the Saudi regulator’s attempt to shake-up the country’s telecoms market by ordering each of the three operators to host an MVNO. Lebara, … Continue reading